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Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Dec. 18, 2018 5:40 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers vowed Tuesday to pursue legal and parliamentary avenues to thwart the government while allowing for a Christmastime lull. About 150 to 200 people...

Greek lawmakers approve new budget _ with more austerity

Dec. 18, 2018 4:29 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers approved the heavily indebted country's budget for 2019 late Tuesday, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program. The budget lawmakers passed with a 154-143 vote still is heavy on austerity measures to ensure Greece registers a hefty surplus, in...

French govt offers 300-euro bonus to protest-weary police

Dec. 18, 2018 4:08 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Seeking to soothe police forces demanding improved working conditions, the French government on Tuesday proposed giving 300-euro ($340) bonuses to officers deployed to the aggressive and disruptive protests that started last month. French President Emmanuel Macron committed to the idea of...

French protesters' motives are in eyes of many beholders

Dec. 18, 2018 1:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — While flaming barricades, shattered glass and skirmishes have occupied Paris during six weeks of anti-government protests, English-speaking observers have fallen back on a favorite pastime: reflecting on France's revolutions. Some journalists detect hints of Russian influence in the fuel...

AP PHOTOS: 2018 a year of discord in Europe

Dec. 18, 2018 7:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — As 2018 draws to a close, Europe is no closer to knowing the final outcome of Brexit, and Russia's ties with the West show no sign of improving. The streets of France have seen violent protests as "yellow vest" demonstrations have morphed from anger at a fuel tax hike to general discontent...

Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary

Dec. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A few thousand demonstrators gathered in freezing temperatures outside Hungary's state broadcaster Monday night in a fifth day of protests against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Lawmakers from all opposition parties took to a temporary podium to declare...

Statue of Liberty climber convicted in July 4 protest

Dec. 17, 2018 5:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the separation of families at the Mexican border was convicted Monday of misdemeanor charges by a judge who said a person's viewpoint can't be a factor in whether laws are enforced. The verdict by U.S. Magistrate...

France: Unions urge work slowdowns by protest-weary police

Dec. 17, 2018 2:29 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — After five straight weekends of disruptive and sometimes violent protests across France, police are taking a turn expressing anger at the French government. Two police unions complained Monday about working conditions and what they said were strained resources as officers have been sent in to...

Report: Iranian steel mill workers detained after protests

Dec. 17, 2018 6:22 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities detained an unspecified number of steel mill workers after five weeks of protests over delays in salaries, a semi-official news agency reported Monday The report by ILNA says the arrests took place on Sunday night. However, Kasra Ghafouri, the head of state-owned...

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest march

Dec. 17, 2018 5:54 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Soldiers and police fanned out across Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday to enforce a security lockdown for a second straight day to stop anti-India protests and foil a call by separatists for a march toward India's main military garrison in the disputed region. Government forces...